Understanding responsive behaviours
3 hrs 30 mins
Certificate of Completion
Increase your knowledge of caring for a person experiencing dementia-related responsive behaviours and explore how people with dementia may express their needs through behaviour, rather than word.
Suitable for people working in:
Mixed , Respite Care , Community Care , Residential Care
About this Course
This course is designed to help you better understand how to care for a person experiencing dementia-related responsive behaviours.
By completing this course you will be able to make a positive difference to people living with dementia who are expressing responsive behaviours through increased knowledge and understanding of:
- how responsive behaviours are assessed
- how they may be reduced, and
- how their impact on the person with dementia (or those around them) may be minimised.
The entire course consists of 7 modules. You could also choose to take Modules 1-4 as a base level introduction to responsive behaviours. Modules 1-4 cover planning, implementing and evaluating strategies using two case study examples. Modules 5-7 explore three specific responsive behaviours and cultural considerations for caring with people living with dementia who are Indigenous Australians or have a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.
By completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the concept of responsive behaviours in dementia
- Describe the impact of responsive behaviours on the person experiencing them and their carers
- Explain the value of using frameworks and models to address responsive behaviours
- Outline the key areas and questions needed for a comprehensive behaviour assessment
- Explain the use and value of preferred assessment tools
- Outline the assessment process and questions you could use for the person in the case study, focusing particularly on their disruptive vocalisation behaviour
- Outline some key factors to consider when developing an intervention plan for a person with responsive behaviours
- Use the assessment data to guide the selection of interventions that meet the goals of care and achieve measurable outcomes
- Differentiate ways to demonstrate a person-centred approach
- Identify possible interventions to try in the VDB case study
- Explain the important features of evaluating interventions to determine the level of effectiveness
- Outline some key elements related to the assessment of a person with dementia experiencing agitation
- Outline the key elements to include when assessing a person with wandering behaviour
- Use the Risky Wandering and Adverse Outcomes (RWAO) model to suggest the probable consequences of wandering behaviour in the case study
- Select possible interventions that evidence suggests may be useful to trial in managing wandering behaviour
- Identify successful interventions used in the case study and indicate how effectiveness could be determined.
- Outline the key elements to include in the assessment of a person with mood and/ or behaviour suggesting an underlying depression, or possibly comorbid anxiety
- Use the NDB model and case study to suggest probable consequences of depressed or anxious mood
- Select evidence-informed interventions to address behavioural changes related to depressed or anxious mood
- Outline the key approaches to consider when caring for someone from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background
- Outline the key elements to include in the assessment of a person responding with aggressive behaviours
- Identify the probable factors contributing to aggressive behaviour, using the Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold Model
- Select evidence-informed interventions to trial in managing aggressive behaviour.
- Identify any successful interventions used in Jayita’s case study and indicate how the effectiveness of these could be determined
- Outline the key approaches to consider when caring for someone from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background
In this course, you will complete the following modules:
Continuing Professional Education
Completion of this course provides 4 hours of continuing professional education. A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion.
The Understanding Responsive Behaviours online course was developed at DTA, QUT by Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Liz Miles and Sandra Jeavons, with Martin van de Weyer and the Smart Sparrow team. This resource is based on a training program originally developed by the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre at QUT.
The team acknowledges members of the expert panel who shared their advice and insights in video segments throughout the course:
Professor Nancy Pachana, Co-Director, Ageing Mind Initiative, The University of Queensland
Dr Eddy Strivens, Regional Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Older Persons Subacute and Rehabilitation Services, Cairns & Hinterland Health Service
Dr David Lie, Director, Older Persons Mental Health Service, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
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